2012. USA. Quentin Tarantino.
Monday, January 14, 2013, 8:00 p.m.
Theater 1 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 1), T1
2012. USA. Directed by Quentin Tarantino. A spiritual companion piece to 2009's Inglourious Basterds, Django Unchained continues Tarantino's exploration of cinematic revenge for the injustices of the past. This time Tarantino trains his camera on the antebellum American South of 1858, where Dr. King Schulz, dentist (Christoph Waltz), and his companion, the newly freed slave Django (Jamie Foxx), bounty hunt their way from Texas to Mississippi. As in Basterds, Tarantino takes liberal poetic license with historical fact, but the resulting mash-up of genres and influences is utterly unique, and one of the most entertaining films of 2012. Tarantino's take on slavery, incredibly violent and unafraid to depict the physical or mental brutality of the era, is sure to start a thousand pos-screening conversations on the topic. Waltz and Foxx share an undeniable chemistry, and Leonardo DiCaprio and Samuel L. Jackson are incredibly effective as baddie Calvin Candie and his right-hand man (and slave) Stephen. 35mm print courtesy of The Weinstein Company.